Mark Eliot Schwabe, SteamSmith, lives and works in a world that challenges description and defies understanding by peoples of the 21st century. It is a world in which creative people work with their hands and their heads; it is a world in which machines and industries are built with parts that move, and parts that don't. Land and sea are traveled in wondrous machines, often made by hand; the sky is filled with airships of amazing construction. Time is understood in a way that 21st century people cannot fathom.
Bruce Baker graduated in 1974 from Bowling Green State University in Ohio where he received a Master of Arts degree in jewelry design and enameling. He owned and operated Middlebury Jewelry and Design for seventeen years, a store in downtown Middlebury. In order to be more creative Bruce sold the store and now works in his studio with his apprentice Andrew Ford. They launched Bruce Baker Studio in 2012 and they currently sell to over 35 shops and galleries as well as the Vermont Life Holiday Catalog.
Provoking emotion, positive or negative in people, and inspiring conversation through my work is my greatest reward. Clay brings community together through ritual, ceremony, and everyday life. I am honored to help carry on this ancient tradition in our modern society. Meredith studied clay and anthropology at the University of Arizona. She taught fine arts at Navajo Community College for three years and received her Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts from Goddard College.
Jen Soderberg holds a Bachelor of Fine Art from The Savannah College of Art and Design and has been making and teaching jewelry since 1996. Jen works out of her southern Vermont studio creating jewelry from sterling silver, 18k gold and unusual precious and semi-precious stones.
A native of Ireland, Deirdre Donnelly has never strayed far in spirit from her Celtic origins. The decorative stone carvings on the great megalithic tombs built in Bronze Age Ireland have greatly inspired Deirdre's work, particularly the spiral and serpentiform motifs, believed to represent the movement of the sun and moon.
Daryl was introduced to printmaking while at Middlebury College and went on to work for Sabra Field. After receiving her MFA from U Mass-Amherst, Daryl split her time between making prints and jewelry and waitressing. “When I began selling things off my ears at work, I decided to quit,” she says. Lithography is a multi-step process that includes drawing, developing plates, rolling ink, running paper through a hand press, painting, varnishing and mounting.
The daughter of a jeweler and a woodworker Eleanora Eden grew up in Berkeley CA, and received her BA in Ceramic Design, studying under Peter Voulkos, at UC Berkeley, and MA in Ceramic Art at San Jose State University A professional studio potter since 1970, she is represented in both private and public collections.
Jill is a predominantly self-taught artist. She creates her whimsical and eclectic jewelry incorporating a diversity of materials such as watch parts, pearls, micro and seed beads, feathers and ribbons. Watch a video about the artist: WCAX.COM Local Vermont News, Weather and Sports-
In the late sixties in Boston, Steve Noyes was making small sculptures, when someone told him that his designs would make nice jewelry. Steve then spent several years in the Colorado Rockies, making jewelry, hiking, skiing, and exploring. He also started a cooperative craft gallery in Boulder. Eventually, he moved to New Hampshire, and then, in 1972, to Vermont. As he did in Boulder, Steve began another gallery in Montpelier, called the Artisan’s Hand, which still exists today. Steve still travels when he can, and always searches for different materials to add to his work.